Shari Redstone
Courtesy of ViacomCBS
United States




Redstone finally pushed through the merger of CBS and Viacom in August 2019 after several failed attempts – a show of will reminiscent of her father Sumner Redstone, who had long reigned over both companies (he died in August 2020 at the age of 97). She was named chairman of ViacomCBS once the deal closed in December 2019, but she is dealing with a diminished empire. Pre-merger, the companies had a combined value of more than $30 billion; as of November 2020, the merged company is valued at $19.7 billion, lending some strength to a pending shareholder class action lawsuit questioning the motivation for the merger. Redstone’s next move could see her buy or merge ViacomCBS with another player.


  • ViacomCBS
  • National Amusements
  • Advancit Capital


  • Tufts University (MA, USA)
  • Boston University (MA, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • Variety Power of Women
  • Women's Impact
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